Matthew Ryan

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Matthew Ryan was thought to have married to Nancy/Ann Kinnane at Liverpool, although no marriage certificate has yet been found. He died in 1866.[1]

Goldfields Involvement, 1854

Matthew Ryan was a miner at Ballarat and put in a claim for 60 pounds compensation resulting in the loss of his tent during the storming of the Eureka Stockade on 03 December 1854. J.B. Humffray was a witness to the claim.[2] Ryan said his tent was inside the stockade.

Ryan petitioned the government as follows:

That on Sunday morning the third day of December last my tent with all the property therein to the value of sixty pounds was set on fire to and destroyed immediately after the attack of the Military and Police on the Stockade at Eureka aforesaid thereby causing extreme hardship and suffering to your Petitioner and his helpless family.
That your Petitioner took no part in the Riot directly or indirectly which has already been declared before the Gold Fields Commission.
Your Petitioner therefore humbly prays Your Excellency to grant him compensation for the loss of his property.
And your Petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray.
Signed Matthew Ryan Witness J.B. Humffray
Signed also by Patrick Smyth Priest Catholic, Patrick Bolger, James Delaney and Michael Bourke [3]

Post 1854 Experiences

Matthew Ryan and his wife, Nancy, owned the Camp Hotel for many years.[4]

Ryan married Ann (Nancy) Kinnane. A publican, Matthew Ryan died in December 1866. [5].

Police v Matthew Ryan,for keeping open his licensed house, the Camp Hotel, For the sale of liquors on Sun day the 17th inst. Alter hearing the evidence of the police, the Bench dismissed the case on the grounds that there was no proof of any sale, at the same time adding that (the police had only done their duty.[6]


Death Certificate:

December 1st 1866 at Learmonth registration 2830: Matthew Ryan, Publican, male 36 years. Cause of Death-aneurismal tumour pressing on trachea causing asphyxia - duration of illness, 6 months. Ryan had been treated by Dr Leman who pronounced his death. Parents: His father was Patrick Ryan, farmer, and mother Ann Ryan a housekeeper. The informant of his death was Daniel Mulchay?, a farmer and neighbour in Learmonth. The death was registered by Alexander McKay. Ryan was buried 3 December 1866 at Miners' Rest undertaker being E. Atkins.Witnesses to the burial were John Bohan Daniel Mulchay and John Fitzgerald. Matthew Ryan was born in Tipperary, Ireland and had been in Victoria 14 years. His children were: Ann 14 years, Johanna 10 years, Patrick 7, Mary 5 and Edward 3 years.

The largest funeral procession ever witnessed in the Learmonth district was that which followed the remains of the late Mr Matthew Ryan to the Dowling Forest Cemetery, on Monday, 3rd December; upwards of forty conveyances and hundreds of horsemen taking part in the observances.[7]


The Children of Nancy and Matthew Ryan

1. Anastasia Ryan (baptised at St Alipius, Ballarat on 16 September 1855. The sponsors were Patrick Quinane (Kinnane) and Mary Quinane.)


See also


J.B. Humffray

Nancy Kinnane

Further Reading

Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.


  1. Ballarat Starm 06 December 1866.
  2. Corfield, J., Wickham, D., & Gervasoni, C. The Eureka Encyclopaedia, Ballarat Heritage Services, 2004.
  3. PROV, VPRS 1189, Unit 240, Item 54/J14436
  4. Nancy was also referred to as 'Ann'. D. Wickham, research notes.
  5. D. Wickham, research notes. Old Trust Registers; the new Dowling Forest Cemetery register has an earlier date for Ryan's death
  6. Ballarat Star, 26 January 1864.
  7. Ballarat Star, 06 December 1866.

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